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Bubbling to the surface: copyright for graffiti

US13-04-2018Fashion, RetailBarbara Hoffman

Whether graffiti art can be protected by copyright law is not usually discussed, but alleged unauthorised use by H&M has brought the matter to the surface. Barbara Hoffman of The Hoffman Law Firm reports.

US jurisdiction report: Mainstream financing of patent litigation

US12-04-2018

The funding of US contingency-fee patent and IP litigation has morphed into a respectable industry. No longer does private patent litigation funding carry the stigma once associated with it. The number of funders is increasing and their arrangements with owners of US patent portfolios are being more frequently examined and embraced by ‘big law’.

Netherlands jurisdiction report: Crocs shedding tears after ruling

Netherlands12-04-2018Michiel Rijsdijk

A public disclosure by shoe maker Crocs has resulted in the cancellation of the registration of its well-known clogs design.

GDPR: a threat to global online brand protection?

EU11-04-2018Alexander Heirwegh

There are fears among IP owners that the pending GDPR in Europe will make it difficult to track down infringers online, undoing years of good work by the Whois system. Alexander Heirwegh of law firm Petillion reports.

Mexico jurisdiction report: Taking care of the pharma sector

Mexico09-04-2018Mariana Gonzalez

On January 10, 2018, the Investigative Authority (IA) of the Federal Commission of Economic Competition (COFECE) published in the Federal Official Gazette a notice that it was initiating a new investigatory procedure on the investigation with file number IO-001-2017. The probe was to determine the existence of an unlawful concentration of companies in the market for the distribution and wholesale of pharmaceutical, personal care and beauty products.

Malaysia jurisdiction report: Hybrid IP protection

Malaysia09-04-2018Hawa Diyana Saim

Patents and trade secrets seem like opposite sides of a scale. Trade secrets derive their legal protection from their inherently secretive nature, whereas patents can be protected only through disclosure of the invention—the specification in a patent application must describe the invention in a manner that would enable one with ordinary skill in the art to make and use the invention without an undue amount of experimentation.

Japan jurisdiction report: Policies for better service

Japan09-04-2018Ryo Maruyama

Since Naoko Munakata assumed the position as commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), on July 5, 2017, the JPO’s IP policies have been smoothly and dramatically improved, driven by Munakata’s intelligence and the practical knowledge that she obtained while working for Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.

Italy jurisdiction report: Keeping advertisers in line

Italy09-04-2018Valentina Gazzarri and Elisabetta Guolo

The Istituto dell’Autodisciplina Pubblicitaria (IAP) is the Italian advertising standards authority, a private body created in 1966 with the aim of ensuring that every marketing communication must be honest, fair and truthful.

Germany jurisdiction report: Chocolate packaging and protection

Germany09-04-2018Jens Künzel

In Germany and all over Europe, Ritter Sport is a well-known brand for chocolate products. At least in Germany, the special form in which Ritter Sport chocolate bars are packaged—a quadratic form with a wrapping paper that can easily be opened by breaking the quadrat in half—contributes to the product’s special appeal to consumers (at least in this author’s mind).

France jurisdiction report: Protecting the Olympic spirit

France09-04-2018Aurélia Marie

Paris will welcome the summer Olympic Games in 2024. It will be the third time, after 1900 and 1924. An organising committee has been set up and includes 15 major French companies as partners. One-and-a-half billion euros are expected from those companies towards funding of the event.

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